Developing the Young Workforce West (DYW) regional group has appointed Andrew Bowman as its new Chair person.
Mr Bowman, who joined the DYW West Board of Directors in January 2019, will take up his role of Chair immediately replacing former Chair, SSE’s Head of Performance Victor Stirling.
DYW West was established in 2016 to help employers to shape their future workforce and covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.
DYW West Programme Director, Bob Davidson said:
“I’d like to thank Victor for all of his hard work over the past three years, and we are delighted to have someone of the calibre and enthusiasm of Andrew to replace him as our new Chair.
"Andrew is well connected and works with the business base across the region, which is essential. He has a wide range of experience across various industries and sectors and has been a long-term supporter of the DYW West programme.
“We are aware of his successes within Inverclyde, and I am confident his enthusiasm and experience will help drive DYW West to provide further opportunities for our partners and employers across the West region.”
DYW West is one of twenty-one regional groups across Scotland borne out of the Wood Commission review into developing Scotland’s young workforce and is funded by the Scottish Government. The group is hosted within the Paisley Campus of West College Scotland and funded until 31 March 2021.
On accepting the role, Andrew said:
“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of this vibrant, exciting and vitally important organisation.
“DYW West is a crucial cog in creating opportunities for both employers and young people and has delivered excellent results within youth employment.
“I’d like to thank my fellow Directors for this opportunity and look forward to working with them, Bob and his team to deliver further growth and success for the west region’s current and future young workforce.”
Having grown up in Gourock, Andrew joined Riverside Inverclyde in August 2016 and is responsible for securing new investment into the Inverclyde area and encouraging growth within existing businesses. Andrew spent the seven previous years at Zurich Insurance where he grew to Strategic Assistant of the Zurich Municipal business based in London.
Andrew is also the Junior Vice-President of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of Creative Inverclyde; a social enterprise focused on growing the creating sector. Andrew studied at GCU and lives in Greenock with his wife and two children.